I came across a tip on vocabulary and wanted to pass it along! It is nothing new and something we do everyday. However, it was a great reminder! Thank you for all you do!
In this time of educational challenges, it can be easier to focus on what is going wrong or the things that are holding us back. Attention and time can be gobbled up by assessments, test scores, student poverty and mobility between schools. So what is it we can do that will help us inspire students and make a difference?
The sister’s blog suggested that we start small. We focus our attention on one research-proven area and this is vocabulary. According to Ken Wesson the very best ways to obtain an expanded vocabulary is through daily reading. This transpires by providing extended amounts of time each and every day for children to read voraciously. Extended reading needs to be steeped in student choice of books and other reading material at their independent reading level.
Supporting vocabulary growth also means a concerted effort to read excellent children’s literature aloud each day, highlighting and modeling a love for words, and using those words in conversations with students and in our modeled writing. Reading newspaper articles about current events in both near and faraway places is a powerful way to build vocabulary by learning the names of people as well as about the world situation as a whole. It can also be the foundation for teaching understanding and tolerance.